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According to Mike Wooten, senior management analyst with the city of Temecula, it has been more than 25 years since the city of Temecula created its original Parks Master Plan in 1993.

Back then he said, the city had only five parks and 32,000 residents. Today, there are 40 parks within the city and more than 115,000 residents using them.

That’s why the city is inviting the public to participate in community services workshops to help the Community Services Department create the Community Services Master Plan.

“The Community Services Master Plan is an important planning tool to help ensure our programs, parks and services continue to serve the needs of our community as it evolves over the next 20 years,” Wooten said. “This master plan will chart a strategic path forward for all aspects of community services, including parks and facilities, programs and services, and staffing, maintenance and funding.”

Wooten said between 20-30 residents are expected to attend each of the three workshops scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Red Hawk Elementary School, 32045 Camino San Jose, or Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library, 30600 Pauba Road; for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Paloma Elementary, 42940 Vía Rami, or Temecula Community Center, 28816 Pujol Street, and for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Margarita Middle School, 30600 Margarita Road.

The workshops will be completed by 8:30 p.m., and residents are encouraged to attend the workshop that is most convenient for them, regardless of the location. However, as space is limited, the department asked that residents only attend one of the workshops.

“With help from our consultant, RJM Design Group, we’ve prepared an initial needs list for facilities, services, and programs based on a citywide survey that was conducted over the summer and input received from focus groups and stakeholder interviews,” Wooten said. “We’ll share these with the workshop participants and ask them to add any missing needs.”

For questions or more information, call (951) 694-6480.

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